The Most Magical Night
It all started one amazing Christmas Eve, which was also the fifth night of Hanukkah. The clock struck midnight. All of a sudden, the Christmas ornaments hopped down from the tree. The latkes sat up. Rose, one of the latkes, ran out into the hallway. The angel, who was a beautiful, blond-haired, blue-eyed girl, looked around in awe. The latkes, not noticing the ornaments, gathered in a circle and began to play dreidel.
“ Gimel!” shouted Susan. She pulled all of the gelt toward herself. Susan was a warm-hearted, delicious latke. Her shredded potato hair came down to her feet. Crispy, brown shredded potato pieces covered her tiny body.
Meanwhile, the ornaments were having a party in the living room. The reindeer ornament flew on top of the side table. The table had Santa’s cookies on it! The reindeer motioned to the other ornaments to join him. Immediately, all of the ornaments climbed onto the top of the table. They all started feasting on the cookies. All at once, the ornaments were silent.
Skiing Santa, a small, chubby, kind and friendly ornament, shuffled to the center of the ornaments. He was in charge. “Hello,” he bellowed. “Hello,” responded all the ornaments, from the star to the zebra to the tap dancer.
“Now, let’s have some fun!” hollered Skiing Santa.
All of the ornaments began to party but still did not notice the latkes. “Santa Claus is coming!” screamed the zebra. “Who is Santa Claus?” asked Jake, a latke. Then they saw a man with a long, white beard walk in. All of the latkes scampered to a hiding spot. Jake was too scared to move! Luckily, he remembered that he was a small latke, so he fell over flat and tried to be very still.
Santa Claus looked around curiously. “What is that thing on the floor?” he mumbled to himself.
He saw his empty plate of cookies. Santa Claus felt very strange in this mysterious house. While he was putting the presents under the tree, he saw the polar bear in the igloo lift up his paw. That is just an ornament, thought Santa to himself. He quickly finished and left the house.
At that moment, the ornaments noticed the latkes. The latkes saw the ornaments. They all frowned. They each thought that they were better than the other. “No one comes for you like Santa Claus comes for us!” yelled the ornaments.
“We have eight days of Hanukkah, and you only have one day of Christmas!” the latkes answered back.
“Well, we have a Christmas tree!” shouted back the ornaments.
“We have a shiny menorah!” called the latkes.
“Our Christmas tree is bigger than your puny menorah!” shouted the ornaments, getting angrier and angrier. “Stop!” yelled Susan. “What?” everyone else hollered back. “Why are you arguing? It’s the holidays, and everyone should be happy and get along,” Susan cried out.
Everyone apologized to each other. The sun was starting to rise. The ornaments and latkes rushed back to the Christmas tree and the kitchen. They heard footsteps scurrying down the stairs! The two other young girls who lived in the house were on their way downstairs.
The latkes were boosting each other up to the countertop, and the ornaments were helping each other onto the Christmas tree. Then the clock chimed and it was 7 a.m. All of the ornaments and latkes froze. They were no longer alive.
That is how the story ended— on Christmas morning, which was also the sixth day of Hanukkah.